Used Car Vehicle History Report
Buying a Used Car?
Get the complete vehicle history including mileage check, title information and accidents.
Carfax vehicle history reports include more accident information than every before so you won't have to wonder later on whether you bought the right car.
Vehicle History Report $39.99
Get an accurate Vehicle History Report for any car, truck or van before you purchase your next used vehicle.
Each Vehicle History Report Includes:
- Fire Damage
- Rolled Back
- Exceeds Limits
- Suspect Mileage
- Frame Damage
- Salvage Auction
- Water Damage
- Police / Taxi Use
- Fleet Vehicle
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Vehicle History Reports for Used Cars
Getting a vehicle history report (also known as a VIN check, VIN report, used car reports, and car history reports) for a used car is as important as a test drive.
Vehicle identification number (VIN) checks reveal information about a car's previous owners and make/model details, but they also provide you with detailed information about damages, accidents, service records, and previous uses of the vehicle.
With a vehicle history check, you can learn about a car's entire history:
- As a car buyer: Giving you insight on whether you're getting a good deal.
- As a car seller: Preparing you to answer any questions a buyer may have about the car.
If you are buying a used car from a private seller and want the car history, you'll need to pay for a vehicle history report/VIN lookup from companies like CarFax or AutoCheck. Cost of vehicle history reports vary by provider.
A free vehicle history report may be offered by car dealers selling certified pre-owned vehicles. If you are shopping for a used car at a dealership, ask for the free vehicle history report.
NOTE: Always beware of websites offering free vin checks and free VIN history reports, these may be scams.
A vehicle history report (VHR) lowers the risk when purchasing a car. Many dealerships include car history reports to highlight a vehicle's quality and to prove they're selling at a fair market price.
In a used car report, you'll generally find information about:
- Lemon status.
- Accident history and service records.
- Total loss and major repairs.
- Mileage and average miles per year.
- Lien and ownership history.
- Warranties remaining on the car.
Many car history report companies also include information about the fair market price range of the specific year, make, and model of vehicle in the history check. Comparing price and car history can help you negotiate the best price.
NOTE: VIN checks can inform law enforcement whether a vehicle has been reported as stolen. Be wary of a private seller that is reluctant to provide you with a vehicle's VIN number.
Exercise caution if any of following red flags appear on your vehicle history report:
- Odometer tampering.
- Failed emission tests―If you reside in an area requiring emission inspections, you may face a hefty repair bill to make the vehicle street legal and mechanically able to pass a smog check/vehicle inspection.
- Proof of major accident―Hidden costly and dangerous damages, like cracked frames, are common.
- Salvaged vehicles.
- Flood damage―Potential engine damages due to flood damage are difficult to detect and generally expensive to repair.
- Irregular or missed vehicle maintenance.
- Forged vehicle history reports― If a vehicle history report looks fake and is coming from a stranger, it may be worth ordering your own.
- Stolen vehicles―If a law enforcement VIN lookup finds a vehicle is stolen, DO NOT BUY IT.
If you have any questions about something that appears on a vehicle history report/VIN check you order, contact the vehicle history company.Other Topics in This Section